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Portland's African American Boys: How to Be an Ally (Portland Underground Grad School)

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Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont
5441 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215, US (map)

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Free, but limited, parking available in the parking lot at SE Belmont between 54th and 55th Avenues. There is also free street parking available in the neighborhood.

TriMet #15 bus line
For information about buses/MAX, go to trimet.org or call 503-238-RIDE. (Portland)

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Deadly police violence against Black men and boys sparked the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement. But that violence represents a wider problem in American society: the fact that our national consciousness persists in viewing Black males through negative narratives. In this course, we will attack those narratives and ultimately become better allies to Black boys and men in Portland.

We will learn about the past, present, and future faced by Black men in Portland. We will confront society’s perceptions and biases, as well as our own, and we will consider how Black men are working to change them. We will also learn how to take personal and collective action to make a difference. In the end, we will be equipped to engage and support Black men without being another source of harm, and we'll have a concrete plan for moving forward.

Instructor: Justice Rajee is a program manager at Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, serving Black young men on probation, and the Justice Subcommittee Chair for Black Male Achievement Portland. He is also the creator/host of the Ask Your Oldhead podcast.

Sign up here: https://www.pugspdx.com/february-2018-courses/portlands-african-american-boys-how-to-be-an-ally

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